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33telephone: 0845 330 8579 (local call rate, UK only)international telephone: +44 1453 844 400www.mountainkingdoms.comT he Everest region is justifiably popular, but we take you off the beaten track through the remote Bhote Khosi valley and over two little trekked passes - the Renjo La (5,340m/ 17,521ft), and the Kongma La (5,545m/18,188ft). This provides fantastic views of well known 7,000 and 8,000m peaks in a region with few western trekkers. We have the superb classic objectives of ascending Kala Pattar and Gokyo Ri, offering panoramic views of Cho Oyo, Mount Everest, Cholatse and many more Himalayan giants. We cross our third pass, the challenging and often snow covered Cho La, which links these valleys. There is also the option to trek to Everest Base Camp. This is the ultimate high altitude trek, in the world's most spectacular mountain terrain. It's undoubtedly tough - but the scenery provides more than ample reward. S tarting near Jiri, a day's drive from Kathmandu, this longer variant of the classic trek to Everest Base Camp offers more gradual acclimatisation than the standard option of flying into Lukla. The trail crosses the grain of the country and we trek over many prayer-flagged passes before we turn up the Dudh Kosi valley towards Everest Base Camp. We climb the relatively small peak of Kala Pattar (5,545m/18,192ft) to reach the highest point of our trek and to gain magnificent close-up views of Everest. Then, when you think it can't get any better, we cross the Cho La, (5,420m/17,782ft), and make our way to the brilliant blue lakes of Gokyo.The Sir Edmund Hillary Trust has built health clinics and schools across the Khumbu region and we will visit several Trust projects en route. Three High Passes to Everest This challenging high level trek takes in Everest Base Camp and three spectacular high passes. The Pioneers' Trail to Everest Base Camp Follow in the footsteps of the early Everest expeditions on the original Base Camp trek. The Renjo La from Gokyo, Dave AirstomGuaranteed to run for a minimum of 2 clients£1,950£1,950£2,050£2,650£2,595£2,780Land OnlyLand OnlyLand OnlyFlight IncludedFlight IncludedFlight IncludedFri 25 Mar - Fri 22 Apr 11Sat 14 May - Sat 11 Jun 11Fri 30 Sep - Fri 28 Oct 11Fri 23 Mar - Fri 20 Apr 12On Trek: 23 days Local Leader Accommodation (nts): Hotels: 3 Tea Houses: 24Optional: Single Room £90 KathmanduInsurance: £114Trek | Duration: 29 DaysGrade: StrenuousOn Trek: 18 days Local LeaderAccommodation (nts): Hotels: 3 Tea Houses: 18Optional: Single Room £90 KathmanduInsurance: £99 Trek | Duration: 23 Days£1,695£1,695£2,450£2,350Land OnlyLand OnlyFlight IncludedFlight IncludedSat 26 Mar - Sun 17 Apr 11Sun 06 Nov - Mon 28 Nov 11Sat 01 Oct - Sun 23 Oct 11Sat 29 Oct - Sun 20 Nov 11Grade: StrenuousGuaranteed to run for a minimum of 2 clientsFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comThe Himalaya The Everest Region

34Download holiday itineraries fromwww.mountainkingdoms.come: info@mountainkingdoms.comTrekking Peaks The HimalayaM era is technically straightforward, but as Nepal's highest trekking peak, it is very demanding. The walk in, initially through the virgin forest of the Hinku Valley, is incredibly beautiful and provides excellent acclimatisation. Further on, walking along the glacier with glorious panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Nupste, Makalu, Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu and other 7-8,000m giants, is an unforgettable experience. Our return trek, over the Zetra La, means we don't retrace our steps and enjoy new vistas from start to finish.Mountain Kingdoms provides an unrivalled service on this trek. Top quality equipment and experienced leadership all maximise the chance of summit success. A t 6,189m/20,306ft, impressive Island Peak is not the highest trekking peak in Nepal, but it provides a great deal of technical interest. We are treated to a varied feast of rock scrambling, roped glacier travel, a steep snow/ice wall on fixed ropes, and an exposed summit ridge for an exciting finale. The two-week walk in is a world class trek in its own right. It provides optimum acclimatisation and includes an early morning ascent of Kala Pattar (5,545m) or alternatively the trek up to Everest Base Camp. At every twist and turn we are rewarded with unforgettable panoramic views of 7,000 and 8,000m Himalayan giants. As Island Peak is graded Alpine PD, suitable mountaineering experience is necessary.Mera Peak 6,476m/21,246ft A scenically stunning mountain that provides a superb challenge for the very fit, keen trekker. Island Peak 6,189m/20,305ft A high altitude treat! Combine a trek to Everest Base Camp with the ultimate trekking peak challenge. £1,895£2,095£2,095£2,095£2,695£2,830£2,850£2,795Land OnlyLand OnlyLand OnlyLand OnlyFlight IncludedFlight IncludedFlight IncludedFlight IncludedSat 26 Mar - Sat 16 Apr 11?Sat 01 Oct - Sat 22 Oct 11?Sat 24 Mar - Sat 14 Apr 12?Fri 25 Mar - Sun 17 Apr 11?Fri 30 Sep - Sun 23 Oct 11?On Trek: 17 days Appointed Leader Andrew Jenkins?tbc?Accommodation (nts): Hotels: 3 Tea Houses: 1 Camping: 16Optional: Single Room £90 KathmanduSingle Tent £100Insurance: £99On Trek: 19 days Appointed Leader Dr. Chris Darby? Stef Economides?Accommodation (nts): Hotels: 3 Tea Houses: 16 Camping: 3Optional: Single Room £90 KathmanduSingle Tent: 85Insurance: £99 Trekking Peak | Duration: 22 DaysTrekking Peak | Duration: 24 DaysGuaranteed to run for a minimum of 5 clientsGuaranteed to run for a minimum of 5 clientsGrade: Strenuous (Expedition Grade)Grade: Strenuous (Expedition Grade)Mera Peak, Andrew WarnerFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comWhy choose Mountain Kingdoms? ? Led by experienced mountaineers appointed by Mountain Kingdoms ? Top Sherpa guides who have previously summited these peaks? Top-quality equipment ? Full camping service ? 4 star hotel in Kathmandu ? Best acclimatisation programme possible ? Ground handling by established trekking companies in Nepal ? No load carrying - trek to the summit with just a day sack ? Different return route to Lukla on Mera Peak trek? Trek to Island Peak via Everest Base CampOther Trekking Peaks - pages 44, 52, 65, 69 & 70. See also page 4 for more information Golden statue, Andi Harrison